poetry by j matthew waters


so many people think my poetry must be autobiographical
but to tell the truth I am unsure whether it is or not. I sat up
all hours of the night last night contemplating this very idea
and was unable to draw a conclusion. but it got me thinking
about so many years ago when I was just eighteen and had
lost my drivers license before graduating from high school.
I recall it as the loneliest summer of my life even though I
have no empirical memories to support the claim. somehow
I got past it and soon was set free in Iowa City where I spent
the next four years going to college and learning how to drink
beer and smoke weed. throughout my stay I experimented
with senseless poetry. despite receiving recommendations
from more than one professor to take up a different vocation
I continued to write for no particular reason which is probably
why I don’t know exactly what it is that I’m doing to this day.

april two thousand nineteen
copyright j matthew waters
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8 thoughts on “pragmatism

  1. Good poetry does make readers think it’s non fiction – indeed you are a master!

  2. I’ve heard the most interesting people don’t have a clue what they want to be when they grow up and some of just don’t hopefully we grow in all kinds of other meandering or squiggly directions.

  3. Awakened on said:

    Pragmatic and honest 😊

  4. Oh man. I love this.

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